Living independently – housing with care and support

An increasingly popular option of care and support available today is Assisted Living.
This represents a new concept in retirement living. Here, people can make a choice between independent living and supported or Assisted Living, previously known as ‘Extra Care’ in Northamptonshire.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living is a housing-based service, which enables people who live there to access care and support services 24/7; however, an Assisted Living scheme often also provides:

• occupation on the basis of tenancy: i.e. rented, shared ownership or leasehold;
• an allocation process ensures that all successful applicants have been assessed as having a housing related need by the local district or borough Council;

• the provision of a dedicated staff team to provide services at a level appropriate to the needs of all tenants with maximum flexibility;

• 24 hour, 365 days a year provision of care;

• a philosophy by staff to enable and maintain independence including a commitment to supporting continued quality of life and personal development of tenants;

• premises that support independence through high standards of accessibility both in communal areas and in individual flats;

• specialised facilities such as assisted bathing, dining facilities, office and staff accommodation; and

• social rented Assisted Living in Northamptonshire represents value for money to funders.

There are a number of Very Sheltered Housing and Assisted Living schemes (see page 34) across Northamptonshire, which are now being reviewed to ensure the services are consistent across the county, provide a quality service and meet the criteria detailed above. Very Sheltered Housing schemes provide support through housing wardens, domiciliary care services and emergency alarm systems, however, the care and support is not available around the clock in the same manner as in Assisted Living.

Accessing very sheltered housing and Assisted Living services

For rented properties a housing application must be made through the local district or borough Council.

For shared ownership and private purchase properties applications can be made direct to the landlord.

Very sheltered housing and Assisted Living schemes in Northamptonshire

Candleford Court
Candleford Close, Springfield Way,
Brackley, Northants NN13 6JW
Tel: 01280 843905

Imperial Court
Duck Street, Rushden, Northants
NN10 9AF
Tel: 01933 315116

Langdale Court
Windermere Drive, Wellingborough,
Northants NN8 3XA
Tel: 01933 679345 / 01933 676074

Leeson Cour
Leeson Road, Hicks Road, Towcester,
Northants NN12 6HS
Tel: 01327 352467

Rosewood Court
1 Irthlingborough Road,
Wellingborough, Northants NN8 1LQ
Tel: 01933 222828

Simon de Senlis
Robert Street,
Northampton NN1 3AE
Tel: 01604 233434

Spring Gardens
Oxford Close, Daventry,
Northampton NN11 4XY
Tel: 01327 879808

St Crispin Village
St Crispin Drive, Duston,
Northampton NN5 4BL
Tel: 01604 502000

Sunley Court
Pipers Hill Road, Kettering,
Northants NN15 7RJ
Tel: 01536 522677

Swan Gardens
School Place, Corby,
Northants NN18 0JY
Tel: 01536 408839

Care villages

At some point in our lives, many of us will face the prospect of no longer being able to cope on our own at home. An increasingly popular option of care and support available today is the care village.

These represent a recent development in retirement living. Here, people can make a choice between independent living, assisted living (sometimes known as extra care) and 24 hour nursing care. A major difference between care villages and retirement villages is that there are care staff on-site 24 hours a day. Most care villages have three different forms of

Independent apartments offer a more independent lifestyle and are designed to make life as easy and enjoyable as possible but with the reassurance that should you require care it is always available.

Assisted living or extra care models exist within smaller specially adapted one (sometimes two) bedroom apartments offering a real alternative to a single bedroom in a residential care home. They offer an independent lifestyle backed up with all the support and care required along with a serviced package which includes all food, cleaning and laundry. Imagine not having to bother with the cooking, cleaning and washing any more.

The third form of accommodation and support is offered within a nursing home, situated at the heart of the village. Care villages also offer wide ranging on-site facilities which can include a café, restaurant, elegant sitting rooms, hairdressing salon, landscaped gardens and a bowling green. Some even have a swimming pool and spa. A daily activity programme and day trips means there is never a dull moment.